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A Comparison of the Best Sony Picture Profiles

Updated: May 13


UPDATED Article >Here<

This is more of a Comparison for Color Nerds, and it's based of the old recipes (Jan 2023)

> For regular users I made a Real Life Comparison which you can find Here 

> Or maybe try a Fujifilm vs Sony Classic Chrome Comparison Here 


All Sony Film Simulations Recipes Compared Side by Side


Well, I never thought we’d get here, to be honest. We have over 40 Sony Film Simulation Recipes! So in case you’ve been wondering what are the best Sony Picture Profiles for you – you’ll definitely find some cool ones here.


More film recipes = more interesting looks to play around with, more chances of getting great colors out of camera and less post-processing hassle! 🎞️


But as you probably know, when you have so many options to choose from, it gets pretty overwhelming, pretty fast. It’s the paradox of choice, after all.


I’m sure some of you have tried the Sony film simulations and had no idea where to start or which one is the best profile picture for your specific needs.


Will Cinestill 50D provide the right look for an evening outdoors, or is Ektachrome a better fit? And what about Eterna, with its soft and subtle tones?


It can get all confusing, I know. That’s why I created the Sony Film Simulation Chart. And that’s why I’m writing this article – to guide you in choosing the best film recipe for you.

I’m writing this article – to guide you in choosing the best Sony Picture Profiles + film simulations.


Besides that, I thought it would be super helpful to see the exact differences between all Sony film simulations and do a comparison of them on the Color Checker.


Let’s get started!


What are Sony Film Simulations?


If you’re not Familiar with Sony Film Simulations, they are Custom Sony Picture Profiles meant to replicate the look of popular film stocks. The goal is to get better colors out of the camera and to achieve a film-like look.


An added bonus, you’ll save a lot of time that you spend editing your shots.



I’ve shot all film picture profiles with a color checker – this way, you can see each Sony picture profile compared to Sony's standard colors. By seeing each color palette, you’ll have an easier time determining which one’s to your liking.


How to Navigate this Comparison Post

Before we get started, here’s what you’ll find under each sample:


  • Base Sony Picture Profile Settings with correct White Balance set with the Gray Card → The first picture you’ll see on each comparison. This will give you a good reference of the base colors and contrast you are starting with.


  • The next few images show the base film recipe combined with the color settings from the Sony Film Simulation Plan, showcasing different color palettes and moods.


  • You’ll find Capture One + Lightroom Presets for each Sony film simulation for a seamless editing process.


How to Use these Images

Download your favorite's Film Simulation Color Checker Image and compare it with another Film Recipe to see how the Contrast & Colors will differ from one another, and which Colors Science best fit the mood of your vision.

Just like shown bellow.




By comparing the base look with Sony's Standard Colors or other Film recipes, it’s easier to determine which would best fit your needs , how are colors shifted and what mood will each film simulation give you.




I have a short Blog Article Explaining How to Read a Color Checker in an easy manner and how to translate it in Real World Situations.



Ideally, the comparison would have been shot outdoors, in a real-world setting – but that wasn’t really possible due to the time it took to complete this test (1 day) as the light would change dramatically outside – making these shots incomparable.


For maximum precision, I preferred to compare the Sony Picture Profiles in a controlled environment.


You'll see the before-and-after adjustments in-camera, and the different results you can achieve with the selected film profile and various color settings.

You can also download any of these samples to compare different film simulations.


All shots are straight out of camera JPEGs, re-exported to web size in Capture One.


Alright – let’s get to the fun bit!



Comparing Over 40 Sony Film Simulations to Help You Find The One You Love


Standard



 

Vektro100


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment


Go to Vektro100 Lightroom Preset


Go to Vektro100 Capture One Preset


 

Senova Light


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment


Go to Senova Light Lightroom Preset


Go to Senova Light Capture One Preset


 

FUJI400H


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Fuji 400H Lightroom Preset


Go to Fuji 400H Capture One Preset


 

EvPro+


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to EvPro+ Lightroom Preset


Go to EvPro+ Capture One Preset

 

Ektar100


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Ektar 100 Lightroom Preset


Go to Ektar 100 Capture One Preset

 

Portra800


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Portra 800 Lightroom Preset


Go to Portra 800 Capture One Preset

 

Kodak Gold


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Kodak Gold Lightroom Preset


Go to Kodak Gold Capture One Preset

 

Blue Velvet - Cinestill 50D


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Blue Velvet - Cinestill 50D Lightroom Preset


Go to Blue Velvet - Cinestill 50D Capture One Preset

 

Sony Eterna - Low Fidelity


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Sony Eterna Lightroom Preset


Go to Sony Eterna Capture One Preset

 

Cinestill 800T Recipe


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Cinestill 800T Lightroom Preset


Go to Cinestill 800T Capture One Preset

 

Fuji Eterna Film Simulation - High Fidelity


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Fuji Eterna Lightroom Preset


Go to Fuji Eterna Capture One Preset

 

Classic Chrome


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Classic Chrome Lightroom Preset


Go to Classic Chrome Capture One Preset

 

KodaChrome 64 - V1


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to KodaChrome 64 Lightroom Preset


Go to KodaChrome 64 Capture One Preset


 

KodaChrome 64 - V2


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to KodaChrome 64 v2 Lightroom Preset


Go to KodaChrome 64 v2 Capture One Preset

 

Kodak Ultra Max 400


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Kodak Ultra Max 400 Lightroom Preset


Go to Kodak Ultra Max 400 Capture One Preset

 

Kodak Portra 400


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Kodak Portra 400 Lightroom Preset


Go to Kodak Portra 400 Capture One Preset

 

Fuji Astia film Simulation


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Fuji Astia Lightroom Preset


Go to Fuji Astia Capture One Preset

 

Classic Negative Film Simulation


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Classic Negative Lightroom Preset


Go to Classic Negative Capture One Preset

 

Fortia 50


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Fortia 50 Lightroom Preset


Go to Fortia 50 Capture One Preset

 

Superia 400


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Superia 400 Lightroom Preset


Go to Superia 400 Capture One Preset

 

Oktar


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Oktar Lightroom Preset


Go to Oktar Capture One Preset

 

Zero Mute


Base▼ Base + Color Adjustment

Go to Zero Mute Lightroom Preset


Go to Zero Mute Capture One Preset

 

CineChrome